Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:27

A fast-moving house fire in Delanco, New Jersey left five people injured, including a firefighter.

The blaze broke out before 1:30 a.m. Friday in the 600 block of Union Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the first floor windows.

They worked quickly to rescue two women who were trapped on the roof and a man who was also in the home.

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Bowling Center Company Settles Whistleblower Allegations

OSHA - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 06:00
Dec. 29, 2017
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U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employees and Employers Engaged In Snow Removal and Cleanup to Be Aware of Potential Hazards

OSHA - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 06:00
Dec. 29, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employees and Employers Engaged In Snow Removal and Cleanup to Be Aware of Potential Hazards
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New documentary features San Diego Fire-Rescue

Everyone Goes Home - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:30

Download the San Diego Fire-Rescue: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home

When you’re the fire chief everyone expects you to have the answers. This includes your bosses in local government and most importantly the firefighters you lead. Fire chiefs tend to think they know where the fire is going, whether it’s the burning building threatening to take out the whole block or an internal crisis that presents a serious challenge for a department.

In a new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) documentary featuring San Diego Fire-Rescue, Chief Brian Fennessy talks about one critical incident the department faced where he didn’t envision the difficult path it would take. The lessons learned from the June 24, 2015 stabbings of Firefighter/Paramedic Ben Vernon and Firefighter Alexander Wallbrett during an EMS response have now brought key changes to how the department addresses the psychological well-being of its firefighters and paramedics.

“In my mind they get healed, it turns into a pretty good story and we recognized them publicly for the heroics and life goes on,” Chief Fennessy told the producers of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) video San Diego Fire-Rescue: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home. “Pretty naïve on my part. It certainly was not like that. Both suffered from varying degrees of PTSD, one very significantly.”

Another important attribute of firefighters and fire chiefs is quickly adapting to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from putting out the fire. In this case SDFD, working with other government agencies and the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association, was able to put in place a counseling program to meet the needs of not just Vernon and Wallbrett, but the entire department.

The theme of firefighters adapting to the many challenges faced by a modern, progressive department runs throughout the 36-minute documentary. The video also looks at SDFD’s efforts to prevent cancer, heart disease and strokes, all killers of firefighters in numbers higher than the general population.

“These are not just local problems for San Diego Fire-Rescue. Trying to both prevent and deal with the consequences of PTSD, cancer, heart disease and stroke are key challenges for the entire fire service,” said Victor Stagnaro, NFFF’s managing director. “Chief Fennessy and his department’s willingness to openly share their own struggles and successes will help guide firefighters throughout the country dealing with the same problems.”

In addition to honoring the nations firefighters who die in the line of duty and providing resources to support their families, NFFF has made prevention of firefighter deaths and injuries a key part of its mission. San Diego Fire-Rescue has been working closely with NFFF to support these efforts.

The documentary also shows how firefighter training impacts decision making at the emergency scene, with a focus on keeping both the public and firefighters safe. The video takes you inside a November 2015 house fire where Engineer/Paramedic Joe Zakar and Engineer Dallas Higgins rescued two young children. Zakar believes the initial training they received as firefighters provided the foundation for getting the two children and themselves to safety.

NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki says, “I believe San Diego Fire-Rescue shows us when a fire department and its chief don’t immediately have all the answers, how vital it is to find solutions that make the well-being of both the public and firefighters a priority. Heading into the new year this is a good reminder of the key fire service goal of trying to ensure that everyone goes home.”

Chief Siarnicki believes the lessons in San Diego Fire-Rescue: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home are not just for the fire service. “To address these challenges properly takes buy-in from political leaders and citizens. They ultimately provide the funding needed to help keep our nation’s firefighters safe.”

San Diego Fire-Rescue: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home was produced by NFFF in partnership with a team of former network and local TV news veterans from STATter911 Communications, Speak i2i, Greg Guise Media and Austin Reeves, LLC. Additional video was provided by San Diego News Video, Inc.

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U.S. Labor Department Cites Tampa Electric and Gaffin Industrial Services After Molten Slag Release Fatally Injures 5 and Burns 1

OSHA - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 06:00
Dec. 28, 2017   U.S. Labor Department Cites Tampa Electric and Gaffin Industrial Services After Molten Slag Release Fatally Injures 5 and Burns 1 
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Saipan Construction Company After Three Fatal Exposures to Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

OSHA - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 06:00
Dec. 28, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Saipan Construction Company After Three Fatal Exposures to Hydrogen Sulfide Gas
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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 17:16

From – In West Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania the Speedwell Fire Company is no longer providing fire protection. According to reporter Daniel Walmer at Lebanon Daily News, township officials suspended and decertified the Speedwell Fire Company because seven of its firefighters showed up at an incident scene after consuming alcohol. Ebenezer Fire Company is handling fire calls for the township.

Speedwell Fire Company was in the news two-months-ago after one of its members went on a racist social media rant about a cereal box.

Daniel Walmer, Lebanon Daily News:

Seven out of nine fire company members who responded to a call at 10:10 p.m. Dec. 14 were under the influence of alcohol, township commissioner John Brenner said in a letter to Lebanon County EMA Director Robert Dowd.

“The results of the investigation found that numerous members responded to this incident after consuming alcoholic beverages, to include the operators of both Engine and Squad 39,” he wrote.

The North Lebanon Township Police Department, which provides police coverage for West Lebanon Township, declined to say Wednesday whether the incident would result in criminal charges. However, the department confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 17:08

A firefighter with the Roberts Park Fire Protection District was in critical condition in the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center following a fire Wednesday in Justice.

A spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed the firefighter is being treated in the intensive care unit there.

Firefighters with the district were reportedly at the scene at about 10:45 a.m. battling fire in Justice.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:37

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported crash on Hodges and Danforth early Wednesday morning between a car and a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department truck.

JSO said during a briefing that JFRD was responding to a small brush fire on the side of Hodges Blvd early Wednesday morning and as they were leaving the scene, a vehicle struck the firetruck.

PHOTOS: Car crashes into JFRD firetruck

JSO said the firetruck had it’s lights on.

The driver of the vehicle and two JFRD crew were taken to a hospital where the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:25

Two children have died in a fire in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve in central Indiana.

The Kokomo Police Department says two adults and three minors managed to escape the blaze that engulfed the two-story home. The two children were later found dead inside. Their ages, names and genders weren’t immediately released.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire that was reported at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy on the child who died is set for Tuesday.

A statement from police says at least some of those who escaped received medical treatment. A firefighter was also injured and taken to a nearby hospital. He was treated and released.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:43

From His wife Angie:


Brian asked me to post an update on him to hopefully make it easier to inform everyone of what we know so far.

Brian was on a fire run earlier this morning and a tree fell on him.  He has a fractured skull, brain bleed, right orbital bone crushed,  and left broken wrist.

He has been talking some so that’s a great sign.

They just brought him back from CT and did more X-rays also.  We are waiting on those results to find out if he needs surgery and to see if his shoulders and leg is ok.

Please say lots of prayers for him and our family and pray he gets back to what he loves soon.

Thanks to all of the amazing first responders that have been our family for years and checking on him. — with Brian K Robertson.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:39

For the last 25 years, Bossier Parish Fire Dist 1 (not to be confused with Haughton Fire) has put Santa and the children of the FD members on top of their trucks and drove down every street in the district waving and throwing tootsie rolls. It is always a wonderful time and old and young look forward to the last Saturday before Christmas when Santa rides by on a fire truck!

Bob has been Santa in one Truck or another at least 13 times. There has never been accident – NEVER – that I am aware of. Safety is of the utmost concern always.

Saturday morning, Bob was in the Dogwood neighborhood and while the truck was preparing to t]urn around, the slow left turn found a small pothole and Bob was tossed off the right side of the truck, chair and all. I wasn’t a witness of his mid air flight but did see him once he was on the ground, not moving…. yes, I freaked out and ran to him screaming that he “fell from the truck!” Twice for sure. Maybe more. It was the strangest thing to see Santa Bob laying face down and not moving!

I am so thankful for the fast actions of our First Responders, Paramedics and FF on scene with us!

He was transported to University Health and quickly evaluated. He has a small gash on a the back of his head, broken collarbone, clavical, 4 broken ribs and had internal bleeding around his left kidney. They went in and stopped the bleeding and determined this morning PRAISE GOD they didn’t need to do surgery on his shoulder. Another PRAISE that they thought he has a fractured vertebrae (T area), but Neuro said no break!

He is being moved to a room tonight thank God! I fully expect God to keep blessing us and send him home tomorrow!

Thanks to BPFD1 family, Doyline FD family, Cross Point Baptist Church family, Chaplains Matt Kenny, Bubba Daniels and Anthony Baker, Pastor Shane Nugent and sweet daughter Sommer for keeping us prayed over ALL day yesterday while I was a MESS!

We continue to be truly overwhelmed and Blessed by the many calls and offers of help with ANYTHING we need. We love you all and we know how much you love Fireman Bob and Ms Dixie.

Keep the prayers coming and know that God is in control and always has been!

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 08:05

There was a serious responding fire apparatus crash this evening (Christmas eve) in North Carolina. It happened involving a Shingle Hollow VFD (Rutherford County, SE of Ashville) apparatus-where their first responder unit was turning our for an EMS run. They were reportedly forced off the road by a passing vehicle, when the driver of that on coming vehicle was fidgeting with an interior light and crossed the center line, ending up in the medical truck’s path, forcing the truck off the road to avoid the crash. The emergency rig ran up an embankment and overturned. The driver was entrapped but was rescued, treated and transported with NLT injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 12:28

Well we are not sure if Christmas is still coming or not this year with this recent news from the Webster Parish, LA Fire Department’s Facebook Page:

Prayers are needed for one of our Firefighters. Our Training Officer, was thrown from the top of a fire truck while being Santa in Haughton.

He is currently in surgery. Will update as soon as information becomes available.

Bob is out of surgery and recovering. He will be in need of additional surgeries in the next couple of days.

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